Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark reddish brown with a large tan head. Aroma has a lot of cherry and black currant along with something that faintly resembles toffee. Delicious cherry and plum flavors. Shockingly light tasting considering the strength of the beer. Wonderfully balanced. Full on fantastic beer.
Ednolb (17) - BELGIUM - SEP 22, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer has got the best aroma ever. I have never had a beer that smelled better.
Complex flavor. Fruity with hints of chocolate.
flemdawg (539) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The last of the beers I had on my honeymoon, back in July. A best before date of 7/24/07. Dark brown body with a tan head and great lacing. Plums/prunes molasses and some cherries combined with earthy tones in the aroma. All of them were strong and hit me right out of the bottle. The taste brought forth rasins, prunes, cherries, molasses, breads, nuts and a bit of wood. Very tasty.
Ratman197 (10640) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a hazy dark mahogany with an amber head. Aromas of cocoa, raisins,molasses, and toffee. Palate was crisp but smooth. Flavors of plum, a bit of cocoa, currants and many other flavors I’m having a hard time fiquring out. Very easy drinking and hides its alcohol well.
SimonLarsen (210) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - SEP 21, 2005
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Dark like something that is really quite dark. rich palate like someone that owns lots of stuff. Aroma is the chocolate and raisins with brown sugar we expect but there is also an overtone of something else there which I don’t know what it is. Vanilla? yes but something else.... stupid brain and nose. Super sweet, sweet like prunes that have been covered in rum and raisin chocolate but it was bitter chocolate I guess because the finish is so dry you forget it was sweet, except you can still taste the sweet. And the finish has some pepper in it. Oh lovely lovely thing.
MesandSim (7117) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 19, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A Mes rate:
A real winner this one. Everything I would want from a quad/abt. Cetainly a top notch beer. Almost black opaque body with a thick creamy head. Very sweet, lots of toffee and malts. Palate is glorious with the cliche ’like velvet’ springing to mind. Chocolate and toffee and other sweet stuff in the flavour but never too sickly like a Kasteel or something. Slight fruit in there too but nothing I can really put too much of a handle on. Alcohol is clearly there but never too much. A sweet chunky gem!
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours deep brown—nearly black—with a large, rocky, tan head that stays there. A leather and plum/prune aroma hit me first, then raisins, chocolate, candy sugar, and some brandy-like alcohol. Huge flavor. The alcohol lets you know it’s there, but also lets the other flavors through unimpeded. Dark fruits and sweet chocolate are the most noticeable, but there is also some vanilla, oak, and lighter fruit. Very dry, raisiny finish. The alcohol is less noticeable as it warms, allowing everything else to come forward and mix perfectly. Dances on the tongue like alliteration in smooth and satisfying steps.
Snorky (5) - Paris, FRANCE - SEP 17, 2005 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 The best I have ever drink ! I juste love trappist beer. So many aroma . Makes think of a chimay bleue, but with some sweet flavor. The smells also perfect ! A light pear taste. If you have the possibility to test it, just go for it.
zug4abby (287) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rich brown color with a large head and decent amount of lasting lacing. The aroma is filled with raisins, chocolate and alcohol. The flavor is very full and includes toffee, sugar, chocolate and a decent alcohol bite through-out. Not my favorite style, but very enjoyable nonetheless.
harrisoni (14584) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2005
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Very dark brown with lasting beige head. Nose of raisins and brandy with dark fruits and dark bitter chocolate. Warming alcohol as well. Candy sugar and toffee. Good in mouth with toffee and chocolate, but the burning alcohol I find too much. Like the difference between the Westy 8 and 12, by having less it gives you so much more. Rum and raisin finish is excellent, but I certainly think that the 8 is overal l a better beer